Plant Families / Sarracenia - Pitcher Plants
Mostly native to the southeastern USA, Sarracenia (Pitcher Plant) are evergreen or herbaceous, rhizomatous perennials with alien-looking, pitcher-shaped leaves and solitary, nodding cup-shaped flowers in spring. Pitcher Plants are very effective at trapping and killing insects. Lured by the attractive leaf color, insects that land on the lids get paralyzed by the nectar. They fall down into a digestive fluid at the bottom of the pitcher where they will decompose and nutrients get absorbed. Sarracenia are best grown in the consistently moist soils of a bog garden or in containers. They are a great addition to the neutral to acid water garden.